Jersey Boys’ Joseph Leo Bwarie & Sicilian Wines
Wines of the Night
2015 Fattorie Romeo Del Castello Allegracore ($28)
Bright, easy going, panoply of red, blue, and black fruits. A little clove and fennel on the nose. Alcohol still a bit prominent and there are faint hints of both cranberry and balsamic on the palate that don't quite sit square. Enough acid and tannin to go five years’ plus. With a few months in the bottle this will pull together just fine. Best around 55-60 degrees.
2014 Pietradolce Contrada Rampante ($37)
This has that magical balance of produndity, transparence and elegance which only old vines are able to deliver. Spicy and autumnal, volcanic minerality, macerated red berries, hints of nuttiness and undergrowth, fresh and well-balanced, ripe but grippy and grainy phenolics, stemmy and floral notes (rose, violet), long and black tea-like finish. Very individualistic, energetic but there is a certain completeness to it. It does feel much older than it is.
2013 Fattorie Romeo Del Castello Vigo ($45)
Underbrush, new leather, dark berry, blue flower and baking spice aromas emerge on this along with a whiff of orange zest. The vibrant palate delivers juicy wild cherry, cinnamon, star anise and mineral wrapped in polished tannins and bright acidity. It's already approachable and loaded with finesse.